Archive for December, 2013

Dec. 18 – More from Yesterday

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Yesterday after our domestic chores were done, the camper vacuumed out, cabinets dusted, nuts and bolts secure on the Jeepster, new tie downs for the cooler installed, etc., we decided to go for a drive and a walk. We had attempted to get to a rock formation we called ‘the china hat’ last season, but could make it only so far on foot. This time we drove the Jeepster to that point and continued on foot.

'The china hat' in the distance with mountains behind it.

‘The china hat’ in the distance with mountains behind it.

As we got closer it looked a lot bigger!

As we got closer it looked a lot bigger!

At the base of the china hat we could see the Kofa mountains more clearly.

At the base of the china hat we could see the Kofa mountains more clearly.

 

 

Dec. 17 – Domesticity

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Today I felt the need to bake and clean house! Robert was busy finding the spots that nuts and bolts had fallen off of on the Jeepster, there were a few rolling around on the floor the last couple of days!

Who needs Christmas cookies when you can make homemade soft pretzels with gourmet salt from around the world!

Who needs Christmas cookies when you can make homemade soft pretzels with gourmet salt from around the world!

Almost ready for the oven, just needs an egg white wash and a sprinkle of Mediterranean or maybe Australian salt.

Almost ready for the oven, just needs an egg white wash and a sprinkle of Mediterranean or maybe Australian salt.

Warm from the oven with a dollop of spicy mustard!

Warm from the oven with a dollop of spicy mustard!

 

Dec. 16 – Wash Fire Pit

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Last season on one of our meandering walks around here we found an elaborate fireplace in a wash, constructed of rocks and sand from the wash. Robert marked it on his GPS and we looked it up today. We drove the Jeepster the 2 miles up the gas line road, then east on a 4WD track right to the location!

The GPS marks the spot!

The GPS marks the spot!

The fireplace is down in the wash, the Jeepster could take us right to it!

The fireplace is down in the wash, the Jeepster could take us right to it!

The summer rains did not wash it away.

The summer rains did not wash it away.

 

 

Dec. 15 – Big Country

Monday, December 16th, 2013

A real test of the Jeepster! We took her out the MST&T tower road that we are parked near, then onto the 4WD road past Red Hill Tank and Jasper Spring (neither of which we saw!). We drove her almost across the width of Kofa, then took the Pipeline road (along the powerlines) back, almost 60 miles round trip! What a bumpy, rattling, banging, bouncing, dusty, warm, sunny fabulous time we had!

Really BIG Country! Can you spot the Jeepster in the left?

Really BIG Country! Can you spot the Jeepster in the left?

Local wildlife crossing the road.

Local wildlife crossing the road.

Kofa cabin, built by the CCC in the late 30's. Half of it is open to the public to visit or camp overnight.

Kofa cabin, built by the CCC in the late 30’s. Half of it is open to the public to visit or camp overnight.

A woodstove and some firewood help out. The cabin was very clean too!

A woodstove and some firewood help out. The cabin was very clean too!

And what western cabin doesn't have playing cards? And highbrow tea too!

And what western cabin doesn’t have playing cards? And highbrow tea too!

Dec. 13 – Jeepster Test

Monday, December 16th, 2013

This is a test, only a test!

We found our old spot on BLM land adjoining KOFA National Wildlife Refuge.

We found our old spot on BLM land adjoining KOFA National Wildlife Refuge.

Mavrik has lots of padding on his perch on top of the spare tire box.

Mavrik has lots of padding on his perch on top of the spare tire box.

 

Dec. 12 – Finally in Arizona!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

A leisurely drive through a few rain squalls brought us finally into Arizona. We stayed at a BLM camping area just north of Quartzsite.

Our first Arizona sunset of the season!

Our first Arizona sunset of the season!

Dec. 11 – Kaleidoscope

Monday, December 16th, 2013
A beautiful ceiling decoration in Las Vegas.

A beautiful ceiling decoration in Las Vegas.

Dec. 10 – HCTM

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The reason for the long stay at Lake Mead wasn’t just because of the weather,  it was a great place to ride out the nationwide freezing temperatures though. The microclimate by the lake was pretty pleasant comparatively. We wanted to stay close to Las Vegas to catch a show by our favorite group of the undead; “Here Come The Mummies”!  We were waiting out the last storm in Beatty and Robert checked out their website and saw that they would be in Las Vegas tonight! So we got tickets and a room at Bally’s because they are on The Strip and have big-rig parking behind the building for our camper. A walk of less than a mile brought us to the Hard Rock Cafe where they performed and we had a BLAST!

The anticipation before the band came onstage!

The anticipation before the band came onstage!

What a horn section!

What a horn section!

The climax!

The climax!

 

Dec. 9 – Hoover Dam

Monday, December 9th, 2013

From yesterday, our first view of the dam after a steep descent down stairs to the new parking garage.

No dogs allowed on the dam so we had to be satisfied with views from the garage.

No dogs allowed on the dam so we had to be satisfied with views from the garage.

A closer view showing the art deco visitor entrance.

A closer view showing the art deco visitor entrance.

Turning to look downstream there is the view of the new bridge to lighten traffic on and to secure the dam.

Turning to look downstream there is the view of the new bridge to lighten traffic on and to secure the dam.

 

 

Dec. 8 – Old Railroad

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Visitors Center at Lake Mead had a holiday sale and free hot beverages and sweets, what an unexpected treat! It fueled us on our 7 mile roundtrip hike on the old railroad grade to Hoover Dam. Check out fantastic chronological photos of construction of the dam HERE.

The fairly level gravel trail went through 5 tunnels opening to views of the lake.

The fairly level gravel trail went through 5 tunnels opening to views of the lake.

The campground we are at is in the trees to the far left.

The campground we are at is in the trees to the far left.

Some of the tunnels had been refurbished after arson fires.

Some of the tunnels had been refurbished after arson fires.